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Marmot Halo 6 Review

Say "Halo" to a roomy, well-designed, upper-echelon tent system
Marmot Halo 6
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Price:  $643 List
Pros:  Interior space and height, construction
Cons:  Flimsy stakes, pricey
Manufacturer:   Marmot
By Rick Baraff ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 15, 2020
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RANKED
#5 of 13
  • Space and Comfort - 35% 7
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 8
  • Ease of Set-Up - 20% 8
  • Durability - 15% 7
  • Packed Size - 5% 6

Our Verdict

You'll have a Halo of a good time outdoors in the Marmot Halo 6. Tall and roomy with good ventilation and a full mesh roof, this is a well-designed, mid-range, three-season tent for good-sized groups. If you're looking for something that covers all types of camping from the beach to the mountains, this could be your perfect fit. The versatility is mostly in the main tent's design, where the nice balance of mesh and fabric allows for wide-open views and venting options or full privacy as all the windows and doors have opaque material that zips over them. It's a go-anywhere tent that sets up easily and is worth the price.

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Pros Interior space and height, constructionTall and spacious, quonset hut-shaped, lots of pockets, adjustable room dividerFast set up, large built-in vestibule, tall ceiling heightSuper versatility, quality build, ease of packing/transportWell-crafted, family-friendly, good head room
Cons Flimsy stakes, priceyOnly one vestibule, back door is more exposed to the elements, lots of polesCan't stand in vestibule, limited views when laying or sitting, poor duffel/stuff sackZipper design is funky, less head room, priceyZipper design, no vestibule on fly
Bottom Line Put a halo over your head for great camping adventuresFeel like royalty in this kingdom that offers space galoreIt's hard to imagine a better family camping tent and the price is fairMultiple configurations and quality make this an enviable piece of gearIt's all about family in this large, versatile tent
Rating Categories Marmot Halo 6 REI Kingdom 6 The North Face Wawona 6 Big Agnes Bunk House 4 Big Agnes Big House 6
Space And Comfort (35%)
7
10
8
7
8
Weather Resistance (25%)
8
8
9
8
7
Ease Of Set Up (20%)
8
8
8
7
7
Durability (15%)
7
8
9
8
7
Packed Size (5%)
6
7
6
10
10
Specs Marmot Halo 6 REI Kingdom 6 The North Face... Big Agnes Bunk... Big Agnes Big...
Weight 21.0 lbs 20.6 lbs 21.9 lbs 15.9 lbs 15.5 lbs
Max Inside Height 6' 4" 6' 3" 6' 6" 5' 10" 6' 9"
Floor Dimension 9'10" x 9'10" 10' x 8'4" 10' x 8'6" 7'8" x 7'8" 9'10" x 8'4"
Floor Area 96.7 sq ft 83.3 sq ft 85 sq ft 58.8 sq ft 81.9 sq ft
Seasons 3-season 3-season 3-season 3-season 3-season
Windows Mesh top 1 2 Mesh top Mesh top
Pockets 8 22 6 8 8
Number of Doors 2 2 3 2 2
Room Divider No Yes Yes No No
Vestibules 2 1 2 2 0 (optional to buy separate)
Vestibule Area 32 sq ft 29 sq ft 21 sq ft; 44.7 sq ft 33 sq ft N/A
Packed Size 25" x 14" 9.5" x 16.5" x 25.5" 9.5" x 16.5" x 25.5" 26.5" x 16" x 9.5" 25.5" x 17" x 10"
Floor Materials 70D nylon Coated polyester oxford 75D polyester polyester w/ 1500mm waterproof PU coating polyester w/ 1500mm waterproof PU coating
Main Tent Materials 40D polyester No-See-Um mesh, 68D polyester ripstop Nylon/mesh 150D polyester taffeta Polyester Polyester
Rainfly Materials 68D polyester ripstop Coated polyester taffeta 68D polyester Polyester Polyester
Number of Poles 4 2 hubbed sets, 1 straight 4 4 3
Pole Material Aluminum 6061/7001 Aluminum 14 mm aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Pole Diameter .47 in 14.5 / 11 mm 14 mm N/A N/A
Extras Vented fly and color-coded poles Very beefy metal stakes Internal dry lines, hang loops, Velcro lantern loop Fly can be deployed as self-standing portico/garage Fly can be deployed as self-standing portico/garage

Our Analysis and Test Results

A very versatile and roomy tent that lives up to its name by allowing you to commune with the angels and stars through the tall, halo-enabled mesh roof. This is one of the more "do everything" tents in our bunch where it can handle a near-endless variety of situations and conditions to afford you max comfort, space, and craftsmanship anywhere you can carry it.

Performance Comparison


Room and spacious with good views, the Halo 6 is a great tent.
Room and spacious with good views, the Halo 6 is a great tent.
Photo: Rick Baraff

Space and Comfort


While fitting six adults in the Halo 6P won't be happening with lots of gear or sleeping pads, it's plenty roomy for four adults with a full complement of camping comforts.

Looking inside the front door of the Halo 6. The "halo" poles give...
Looking inside the front door of the Halo 6. The "halo" poles give the ceiling some added loft around what would be an otherwise steeply sloped dome.
Photo: Rick Baraff

As versatility is a top feature of the tent itself, you have lots of options to make this feel like a screened-in porch by unzipping all covers on warm days or in hot spots like the beach or desert. Or you have the option to create a totally private and warmer space by employing any combination of zip/half-zipped portals to master cooler temps or breezes that get a little carried away.

Weather Resistance


Not only because it's fairly dome-shaped, but also because the bottom is wider than the top, the Halo has a solid base that helps it stay put in any weather. There are vents to help air move through even when everything else is buckled down, and the fly provides a nice large vestibule to store wet and muddy gear when things get sloppy. As for the overall construction, there's an extra pole that slots through the fly's vestibule, which adds extra stability and wind resistance. Solid all around.

The excellent rain fly of the Halo 6.
The excellent rain fly of the Halo 6.
Photo: Rick Baraff

Ease of Set-Up


The Halo is easy and quick to set up, even for one person. Classic sleeve plus color-coded hooks in an X-cross design create the main structure. Then there are two simple (and kinda fun!) halo poles that cross the structural poles to enhance your heavenly experience. Like anything, it might be mildly confusing the very first time, but we've no doubt you and your crew will catch on quick.

Halo there! The halo-shaped poles form a crown around the top of the...
Halo there! The halo-shaped poles form a crown around the top of the tent to add extra interior headspace.
Photo: Rick Baraff

Durability


Marmot makes very durable goods. Period. Maybe not the super deluxe BMW series but certainly not the entry-level coupe either. If treated with a minimum of care (like making sure to dry everything out before re-packing), the Halo 6 should last many seasons without any deterioration.

Well-constructed seam sealed floor panels on the Marmot Halo 6P.
Well-constructed seam sealed floor panels on the Marmot Halo 6P.
Photo: Rick Baraff

The floor is unfortunately not a single piece of material, nor is it bathtub-style, but it's easily able to withstand gear and even camp furniture. The real issue(s) here are the featherweight stakes! While they look and feel beautiful in their multi-faceted hot orange color, they practically wilt under your glare. We hope Marmot upgrades these in the future. In the meantime, you may want to buy some extra ones to supplement your kit.

One of Marmot's not-so-tough-but-pretty-orange stakes.
One of Marmot's not-so-tough-but-pretty-orange stakes.
Photo: Rick Baraff

Packed Size


Nothing to send a postcard home from the campground about here. The Halo comes with a pretty standard-issue stuff sack that requires you to jam everything through the hole on top. No expansion portions or zippers. They do at least have compression straps and a shoulder strap to help, which we appreciate.

Jam on.  The carry sack for the Halo as two handles and a sorta...
Jam on. The carry sack for the Halo as two handles and a sorta short-ish shoulder strap.
Photo: Rick Baraff

Value


Marmot is kinda like the value-oriented player of the high-end gear manufacturers. NOT a knock by any means! They've been a quality outfit for nearly 50 years with a variety of proven, expedition-worthy tools. The Halo 6 is a well-designed and well-thought-out tent that's going to stand up to most of your adventures but feels a bit of a stretch at the price. If you can find it on sale, though, grab this puppy up!

Conclusion


The Halo 6 is a do-everything type of tent ready for athletic adventures (and adventurers) or just peace and solitude by the bay. Versatility is the name of the game here. From breezy views to privacy to bomber weather protection, we don't foresee this tent letting you down.

The full-coverage rain fly on the Halo 6 with its roomy rear...
The full-coverage rain fly on the Halo 6 with its roomy rear vestibule.
Photo: Rick Baraff

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